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Issued at 22/10/2017 6:14am. Valid till 23/10/2017 6pm

Queenstown

Mountain
Current avalanche advisory
High Alpine

Above 2000 meters

Alpine

1000 to 2000 meters

Sub Alpine

Below 1000 meters

Avalanche Danger Scale
Avalanche Danger Scale
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Primary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
Danger Rose
1
Highest Danger Rating
Likelihood
indicator
gauge
Certain
Likely
Unlikely
Size
indicator
gauge
Largest
Small
Trend
indicator
gauge
Increasing
No change
Decreasing
Time of day
clock
Time of day
11am - 5pm
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
A mild day is expected, the snowpack will soften quickly on all aspects, loose wet avalanches this afternoon. Only a light freeze overnight, the pack will be firm for a short time this morning. Basically stable 'spring corn' sking/riding conditions, be cautious today, if you encounter unsupportive snow conditions try shadier aspects.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
No new activity has been witnessed or reported for several weeks.

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
Only a light re-freeze, the backcountry is widespread spring corn snow. You will encounter firm conditions during the morning, softening quickly today, a mild day is forecast. Be cautious of wet slab release on N aspects where the snowpack is shallow. There is the possibility of loose wet avalanche conditions on most aspects from afternoon, perhaps a deterioration in snowpack strength.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
A cloudy start with a few fine breaks from midday, the possibility of a few rogue snow showers this afternoon. Freezing level around 1900 m later. Winds from the W at gale this morning, easing and light by this evening.


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Sliding Danger

Slide For Life
Be aware icy conditions have returned with overnight frosts, take an ice axe and crampons when heading out, useful tools at this time of year with changable conditions.

Forecast by Chris Cochrane

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